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sterls18

USA
25 Posts

Posted - 22 mai 2012 :  04:33:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone, I have a question on whatI should do. I have a Garmin Nuvi 760 which i got in 2008. I never updated it before and I need to do it now but I am not sure if I should update it for $99 or just buy a new Garmin. Please advise on what is best for me to do. Is it worth updating a GPS that is 4-5 years old or am i better off getting a new one. I am willing to spend up to $300
thanks

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NanaimoRick

Canada
7874 Posts

Posted - 22 mai 2012 :  05:18:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you buy a new unit you'll loss MP3 and audio book support if that's important to you and you'll be trading in the preplanned route ability for the Trip Planner. On the other hand you'll be gaining, among other things, Junction Views, Lane Assist, larger brighter screen, more internal storage for the ever increasing map file size, and free traffic and lifetime map updates on many models.

The 7xx series is a pretty good model but at this point IMO your better off putting your $100 into the price of a new unit instead of updating maps on the old one. You can get a feature filled Nuvi with lifetime map updates and traffic for $300 these days. Have a look at https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134 for the current models and remember the prices shown are Garmin list and can be obtained from authorized dealers for less money.

Rick James - Nuvi Forum Moderator
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danham

USA
7492 Posts

Posted - 22 mai 2012 :  12:35:25  Show Profile  Visit danham's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I do not disagree with Rick, but would offer the other side of the coin. I have a 760 and it is in many ways the best Garmin I've owned. It is less prone to "quirks" in its handling of pre-planned routes than my newer zumo 660 and is very compact and easy to carry for pedestrian use. I do not like Trip Planner and so that would be a big influence in my decision. Depending on where you use your 760, new maps may or may not be that important. I already have lifetime maps for my 760 and I purchased them for a lot less than $99.

-dan

- Nüvi forum moderator -
Nüvi 760 in a '14 VW GTI & zumo 660 on a BMW F800 ST
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JimD

USA
133 Posts

Posted - 23 mai 2012 :  02:41:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My 760 is my backup these days. My main nuvis are a 765 and a 885t. All three use the same power cord which is convenient. I want MP3 playback so I do not plan to update to newer models. I figure with 3 I am set for awhile. I have lifetime maps, about $75, for the 765t and 885t. Both also have junction views and turn indicator in the upper left corner of the main screen. The latter is more important than the former in my opinion. You'd have to buy the separately but you could get a rebuilt 765t and lifetime maps for about $200. I'd do that before I bought a newer model.

On the other hand, my daughter and her husband play music from other devices and wanted new models. I got my daughter a 2460 for about $200 with lifetime maps at Christmas time and her husband a similar model without bluetooth (his car has it, hers does not). They have 5 inch screens and a few newer features.

One thing I hear good things about what I think Garmin calls 3D traffic. The signals come from moving (or not) cell phones. So you get much more rapid indication of traffic flow. I don't know how well it works but you might want to look into it. Regular traffic isn't terribly valuable the vast majority of the time.

Jim
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tedm

6 Posts

Posted - 24 mai 2012 :  18:42:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a 760 also, and wondered if I should buy a new GPS or update the older (2010) maps.

More imporantly, there have been many complaints about losing map detail on the newer models. That's why I bought the 760 (in Oct 2009) when it was almost two years old already.

Do the latest models still have that loss of detail?

Do other brands, like Tom Tom, have very detailed street-level maps?

Thank you.

Ted
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sussamb

United Kingdom
1149 Posts

Posted - 24 mai 2012 :  21:07:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Garmin do have detailed street level maps, the issue with many of the newer models is that you lose detail as you zoom out. To many that's not an issue, others like to see as much detail as possible when zoomed out. Your best bet would be to visit a store and see for yourself.

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Boyd

USA
1839 Posts

Posted - 25 mai 2012 :  16:36:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Actually I don't think it's quite that simple. Some of the newer models will show fewer road labels than older models even when you zoom in. They may also show fewer cities, and some of them won't show labels for your favorites. I would agree that you should play around with different models in a store, because the differences can be subtle and we all have our own personal preferences.

One reason I got rid of my TomTom Go 920 was that the small streets disappeared when you zoomed out. Older Nuvi's (like the 7x0 series) will show small streets (2d mode, max detail) through the .8 mile zoom range. My old TomTom only showed them through about thje .3 mile zoom. But newer Nuvi's were changed to also only show those streets through .3 miles.

Now, the newest 2012 top of the line models (like the 3490) once again seem to show little roads through .8 miles, but the less expensive ones (like the 50) only show them through .3 miles. It's gotten really confusing...
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sterls18

USA
25 Posts

Posted - 25 mai 2012 :  17:36:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So if I decided to upload the maps to my nuvi 760 and not buy a new one its not a waste of money right? or it could be a waste on money
Thanks
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NanaimoRick

Canada
7874 Posts

Posted - 25 mai 2012 :  18:30:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If your happy with the 760 and want to spend the money on new maps then they will work fine. Whether it's a waste of money or not is for you to decide. All we can tell you is what you already know, you'll have a working Nuvi, that you like, with new maps on it.

It's a waste of money if your really looking for an excuse to buy a new GPS.

Rick James - Nuvi Forum Moderator
Nuvi 350 - Nuvi 760 - Nuvi 1695LM - Nuvi 3790LMT (with ecoRoutes HD) - Nuvi 2460LMT - Nuvi 3597LMTHD (with ecoRoutes HD) also TomTom 540S for side by side comparison >> Here <<
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alandb

USA
593 Posts

Posted - 25 mai 2012 :  19:03:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would say if you are going to do it (new maps), you may as well go for a lifetime subscription (~$65) and a 4 GB or 8 GB SD card to hold them (~$10). The 760 only has 2 GB of internal memory which may not be enough for the newer versions of the full NA maps.

Alan - nuvi's - 3597LMTHD 855 755T, Oregon 550, Lowrance Endura Sierra
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Boyd

USA
1839 Posts

Posted - 25 mai 2012 :  19:58:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't think it's a "waste of money", but there's an inherent risk to consider. The lifetime of consumer electronics devices is finite. So you may be "pouring money down a hole" if your 760 suddenly dies tomorrow (or 6 months from now, etc). Map updates are not transferrable to another unit.

In spite of the issues that new models have, the 760 is missing a few things that I find very useful: lane assist, speed limits and selectable data fields. Lane assist gives you a little preview in the upper left corner of the screen showing what lane you should be in. Speed limits appear like a little road sign in the lower right corner. Selectable data fields allow you to choose what is shown at the lower left corner (arrival time, distance, etc). Another thing I don't like about these older nuvi's is that they don't show your current speed while navigating a route.

Just some food for thought....

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WAASup

Canada
118 Posts

Posted - 26 mai 2012 :  17:02:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The 760 displays the speed limit "road sign" on the left side, mid-screen.

See https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=10624
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Boyd

USA
1839 Posts

Posted - 26 mai 2012 :  21:18:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry, I must be missing something... this is the image at your link




But this is the 765, which has the speed limit sign in the lower left. Also note that it has your speed of travel as well as lane assist, neither of which are shown on the 760.

Or perhaps they added speed limit display to later firmware on the 760?



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popej

Poland
533 Posts

Posted - 27 mai 2012 :  00:00:01  Show Profile  Visit popej's Homepage  Reply with Quote
760 looks like 200W. But check here, it can display speed at the middle of left edge:
http://www.gpsmagazine.com/2007/10/garmin_nuvi_760_review.php?page=2

popej
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Jim1348

USA
551 Posts

Posted - 27 mai 2012 :  00:06:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not to sound like a cop out here, but I might be inclined to BOTH update the Garmin Nuvi 760 AND buy a new one, depending on what your needs and plans are for each device. That way you get a new one and have a backup. Or, you get a new one and give the Garmin Nuvi 760 to a relative, friend, neighbor, etc.

As far as the risk of spending the money for the update and then having a failure, Garmin addresses that here: https://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId={80e20ff0-dc31-11dd-5c1e-000000000000}
The nuMaps Lifetime map update subscription is non-transferrable. If you own multiple devices, or if you purchase a new device after some time, an additional nuMaps Lifetime subscription would need to be purchased for each device since this subscription cannot be transferred or sold between devices. The nuMaps Lifetime subscription is for the lifetime of that one particular Garmin device.

You may review the full terms and conditions for the nuMaps Lifetime subscription at the bottom of the following page: http://www.garmin.com/us/maps/us/numaps_lifetime

The exception to this rule is if your device should ever fail AND if it is repaired or replaced directly through Garmin. If the device is repaired/exchanged through Garmin either under warranty or outside warranty, the nuMaps Lifetime subscription will transfer once you complete a Device Exchange in your myGarmin account. If the device is exchanged through a dealer please contact Product Support to provide an exchange receipt.

If you are a victim of theft and a device that has a nuMaps Lifetime subscription is stolen, please contact Product Support for assistance.


¹If you purchase a nüMaps Lifetime subscription (sold separately or bundled together with certain GPS models), you will receive up to 4 map data updates per year, when and as such updates are made available on Garmin’s website, for 1 compatible Garmin product until your product’s useful life expires or Garmin no longer receives map data from its third party supplier, whichever is shorter. A product’s “useful life” means the period during which the product (a) has sufficient memory capacity and other required technical capabilities to utilize current map data and (b) is capable of operating as intended without major repairs. A product will be deemed to be out of service and its useful life to be ended if no updates have been downloaded for such product for a period of 24 months or more. Unless otherwise stated, the updates you receive under the subscription will be updates to the same geographic map data originally included with your Garmin product when originally purchased. In some instances, your Garmin product might not have sufficient memory remaining for you to load an update to the map data, in which case you will need to either (a) select reduced map data coverage for your updates, or (b) purchase separately a microSD™/SD™ card (if and as applicable to your Garmin product) and load all or a portion of the map data coverage for your updates to the card and insert the card into the microSD/SD card slot contained in your Garmin product. If neither of the measures in (a) or (b) can be used to address your product’s lack of sufficient remaining memory, then Garmin may conclude that the “useful life” of your product has expired. Garmin may terminate your nüMaps Lifetime subscription at any time if you violate any of the terms of this agreement or your subscription. Your nüMaps Lifetime subscription may not be transferred to another Garmin product.



Edited by - Jim1348 on 27 mai 2012 02:44:04
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LChisum

USA
124 Posts

Posted - 27 mai 2012 :  00:48:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
@popej Seems like when I had my 780, I was able to get the altitude on the trip information screen (not mentioned in the reference material), but it may have been upgraded firmware or maybe just poor memory on my part.

Larry

GPS progression:
1999 Acura/Alpine in dash. Magellan Map330. StreetPilot Black&White.
StreetPilot ColorMap. StreetPilot 2610. Lowrance IWAY 250C. Nuvi 660. Nuvi 780. Nuvi 2460LMT. Nuvi 40LM. Nuvi 2595LMT
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